Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blogger given first 50 of 1,000 lashes as Saudis deny mercy

A young Saudi blogger has been flogged in public for insulting Islam as the kingdom defied international condemnation and calls from western allies to halt the punishment.
Raif Badawi
Before a large crowd after Friday prayers, Raif Badawi, 27, was bound and whipped 50 times in front of a mosque in the Red Sea port of Jeddah.
Convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam after setting up a liberal online forum that infuriated the Saudi authorities, he was sentenced to 1,000 lashes, ten years in jail and fined one million rials 

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